Photoshop is an application that is a savior to the digital designers today. Powerful but also intimidating Photoshop allows the people to explore different horizons of editing and creating.

If you’ve wanted to start using Photoshop but didn’t know where to start, we have a quick to do for you.

Wait! I need Photoshop software!

Are you not currently a Photoshop user? Adobe offers a Photoshop 30-day trial that you can download right now and it will provide you with plenty of time to learn how it works. If you don’t want to eventually purchase Photoshop because it’s too expensive. The requirement for the editing can be completed by both CS5 and CS6 or Pixelmator is a great $30 alternative on the Mac, and GIMP is a free, open-source cross-platform option. Photoshop is most commonly used, but you’re welcome to follow along using other software as well.

Ready? Let’s get started.

Click on the new tab on the left hand corner and a window showing dimensions for your art board will be visible.

Select the dimensions you require and the picture you choose to edit.

Components of the Toolbar

* Move Tool (Keyboard: V)

The move tool simply lets you move objects in a given layer around the Photoshop canvas. To use it, click anywhere on the canvas and drag. As you drag, the Photoshop layer will move with your mouse.

* Marquee (Keyboard: M)

The marquee lets you select part of the canvas in a specific shape. By default you get a rectangular (or perfect square if you hold down shift while selecting), but you can also select in the shape of an ellipse (or a perfect circle if you hold down shift while selecting).

* Lasso (Keyboard: L)

The lasso is a free-form selection tool that lets you drag around the canvas and select anything the lasso’d area covers.

* Magic Wand (Keyboard: W)

Clicking an area with the magic wand will tell Photoshop to select the spot you clicked on and anything around it that’s similar. This tool can be used as a crude way to remove backgrounds from photos.

* Crop Tool (Keyboard: C)

The crop tool is used to (surprise!) crop your pictures. You can specify the exact size and constrain the crop tool to those proportions, or you can just crop to any size you please.

* Healing Brush (Keyboard: J)

The healing brush lets you sample part of the photograph and use it to paint over another part. Once you’re finished, Photoshop will examine surrounding areas and try to blend what you painted in with the rest of the picture.

* Paintbrush and Pencil (Keyboard: B)

The paintbrush is a tool that emulates a paintbrush and the pencil is a tool that emulates a pencil. The paintbrush, however, can be set to many different kinds of brushes. You can paint with standard paintbrush and airbrush styles, or even paint with leaves and other shapes as well.

* Clone Stamp (Keyboard: S)

Like the healing brush, the clone stamp lets you sample part of the photograph and use it to paint over another part. With the clone stamp, however, that’s it. Photoshop doesn’t do anything beyond painting one area over a new area.

* Eraser Tool (Keyboard: E)

The erase tool is almost identical to the paintbrush, except it erases instead of paints.

* Paint Can and Gradient Tools (Keyboard: G)

The paint can tool lets you fill in a specific area with the current foreground color. The gradient tool will, by default, create a gradient that blends the foreground and background tool (though you can load and create present gradients as well, some of which use than two colors).

* Blur, Sharpen, and Smudge Tools (Keyboard: None)

All three of these tools act like paintbrushes, but each has a different impact on your picture. The blur tool will blur the area where you paint, the sharpen tool will sharpen it, and the smudge tool will smudge the area all around the canvas. The smudge tool is very useful in drawing for creating nicely blended colors or for creating wisps and smoke that you can add to your photos.

* Pen Tool (Keyboard: P)

The pen tool is used for drawing vector graphics. It can also be used to create paths that can be used for various things.

* Type Tool (Keyboard: T)

The type tool lets you type horizontally. Tools hidden beneath the horizontal type tool will let you type vertically and also create horizontal and vertical text masks.

* Path Tool (Keyboard: A)

The path tool lets you move any created paths around. It’s like the move tool, but for paths.

* Shape Tool (Keyboard: U)

The shape tool lets you create vector rectangles, rounded rectangles, circles, polygons, lines, and custom shapes. These tools are very useful when designing or when creating shape masks for photos.

* Zoom Tool (Keyboard: Z)

The zoom tool lets you zoom in and out of the Photoshop canvas by clicking on a given area. By default, the zoom tool only zooms in. To zoom out, hold down the option key and use the zoom tool as you normally would.

Components of Palette

Palettes are the things that you see sitting over on the right side of your screen. They make it easy for you to navigate through your document, add adjustments, switch modes, and other things.

* Layers

The layers palette lets you see all the layers in your document. As you start getting to know Photoshop, you’ll find yourself in this palette more than any other. It’ll let you organize and arrange your layers, set blending modes, set visibility and opacity of layers, group and merge layers.

* Adjustments

Your adjustments panel is where you can easily create and edit adjustment layers. Adjustment layers are non-destructive image alterations that affect all the layers below them and can easily be turned on and off. Their most common use is for color correction (namely the Levels and Curvesadjustments, but there are many different kinds of adjustments you can perform that can dramatically alter the look of your image.

* Color Channels

The color channels palette will let you look at the specific colors that make up your picture. If you’re in RGB mode you’ll get red, green, and blue. These color channels will differ if you’re in a different color space (such as CMYKor LAB). When you choose a specific color, you’ll notice you’ll be shown your image in different versions of black and white. This is because each color channel is simply a monochromatic images representing the light in each channel (e.g. the red channel is just a look at the red light in your photo). Switching between these different channels is useful for making color channel-specific touch ups, overall contrast enhancements, and also for converting your photo to black and white in a compelling way.

This palette will let you easily alter your foreground and background colors using sliders.

Color Swatches

The color swatches palette is a set of pre-defined colors you can quickly choose from. You can load in several other pre-made swatch collections or create your own, too.

Text

The text palette, and the paragraph palette below it, let you make all sorts of adjustments to any text you create with the type tool. These options are very similar to what you’ll find in a word processing, but you can also specify things like character width and spacing which are more useful in design.

File

File, as usual, handles opening, saving, and closing operations. Towards the end of these lessons we’ll be taking a look at your different saving options (namely Save for Web).

Edit

Edit, as usual, brings you copy, cut, and paste. In Photoshop, it’s also where you transform layers and set your color spaces.

Image

Image brings you canvas and image adjustments, including destructive effects that you’ll also find in your adjustments palette. Options in this menu are designed to affect the image as a whole, although many adjustments are applied to only a single layer.

Layer

Layer lets you do all of the things you can do in the layer palette with a few more options. This menu also lets you create adjustment layers and smart objects (a group of layers treated as a single object).

Select

While the marquee and lasso tools will be your main means of selecting things, the select menu can help you refine that selection or create entirely new selections based on certain criteria (such as color range and luminosity).

So what are you waiting for, get your version of Photoshop today and keep exploring and editing.

This quick tutorial was discussed by Gauri Bedekar at a recent workshop ofHelloMeets

The above guide is for beginners, for advance sessions of Photoshop be connected with us. (Inputs taken from lifehacker.co.in)

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